The 20 Best Psychological Thriller of the 80'sby severinoplanas-119-485901 | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 01 Aug 2011 | Public
This list comprises my choice for the best thriller and psychotically villained movies of the decade 1980-1989.
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2. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 742,029 | Gross: $44.02M
3. Dressed to Kill (1980)
R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.
Votes: 29,042 | Gross: $31.90M
4. Cruising (1980)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.
Votes: 15,779 | Gross: $19.80M
5. Eyewitness (1981)
R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.
Votes: 3,674 | Gross: $6.40M
6. Blow Out (1981)
R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.
Votes: 35,144 | Gross: $13.75M
8. Psycho II (1983)
R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.
Votes: 19,983 | Gross: $34.73M
9. The Fan (1981)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.
10. Body Double (1984)
R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
Votes: 24,243 | Gross: $8.80M
11. Jagged Edge (1985)
R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,758 | Gross: $40.50M
12. The Hitcher (1986)
R | 97 min | Thriller
A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.
Votes: 38,068 | Gross: $5.84M
13. Masquerade (1988)
R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,847 | Gross: $15.86M
14. The Stepfather (1987)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.
Votes: 11,050 | Gross: $2.49M
15. Dead Calm (1989)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.
Votes: 33,054 | Gross: $7.83M
16. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 156,535 | Gross: $8.55M
17. Looker (1981)
PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,922 | Gross: $3.28M
18. Body Heat (1981)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Votes: 26,724 | Gross: $24.06M
19. Psycho III (1986)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.
Votes: 10,989 | Gross: $14.48M